Grant Poettcker, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Mobile Phone: 306-631-5653

Faculty of Arts and Science


BTh, Canadian Mennonite University, 2002 BA (Hons.) University of Winnipeg, 2005
MA, McMaster University, 2007
PhD, McMaster University, 2013

Areas of Specialization

Modern and contemporary continental philosophy; ethics and political philosophy; Christianity and culture; philosophies of human existence.


Grant was born and raised in Saskatoon, and is happy to return to the prairies after an eight-year stint in Ontario. His interest in philosophy was kindled during his time studying Bible and theology at Canadian Mennonite University, and the relation between philosophy, theology, and scripture remains one of his abiding concerns. In his teaching, Grant seeks to foster students' awareness of the broadly human traditions of reflection on ultimate value, on belief, knowledge, and truth, and to sharpen their perception of the way philosophical thinking is in play not only in technical philosophy books, but in cultural expressions like literature, music, drama, and the fine arts. Grant and his wife Rosalyn attend St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Moose Jaw and have three children, Josiah, Alina, and Ezekiel.

Notable Publications

"Reassessing Anselm on Divine Wrath and Judgment: A Girardian Approach for Mennonite Atonement Theology," in Conrad Grebel Review 32, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 80-90.
"The Messiah's Quiet Approach: Walter Benjamin's Messianic Politics," in Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision, ed. Douglas Harink (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010): 90-115.
Review of For Rene Girard: Essays in Friendship and in Truth, edited by Sandor Goodhart, Tom Ryba, Jørgen Jørgensen, and James Williams. Direction 39/1 (Spring, 2010): 123-125.


September, 2013: Governor General's Academic Medal, McMaster Religious Studies Nominee
March, 2007: Harry Lyman Hooker Senior Fellowship, McMaster University
March, 2007: Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
March, 2006: Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
April, 2005: University of Winnipeg Gold Medal for Highest Academic Average in the B.A. program in Honours Philosophy